DroneRadar app recognized by the Polish Air Navigation Agency
The annual test and development of the DroneRadar application by the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency and Dlapilota.pl company has shown the continuity of the project. The analysis of aviation incident reporting systems reported a decrease in their numbers, and the staff of the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency recognized the educational nature of the DroneRadar platform along with the raising of situational awareness of drone operators in the Polish airspace.
DroneRadar, integrated with PANSA, provides three major functions. First, it analyzes the full aeronautical situation (data from AIP Poland, airspace use plan, NOTAM) and illustrates with three intuitive lights (green, yellow, red) information on the ability to fly at a given time and place. Second, it offers the possibility of two-way non-verbal communication between the Air Traffic Services (ATS) and the drone operator, providing exchange of information on flight approvals or their modifications. Third, it is an automated, bi-directional emergency response service where the air traffic service can inform about an immediate landing (ex. HEMS), for example - for a traffic situation (flying an air ambulance helicopter), or an operator may report loss of control over a drone by drawing remotely , the virtual area of the likely location of the dron. This information is transmitted electronically to the PAZP services.
DroneRadar is a simple, easy-to-use, universal tool for navigating and flight planning. Among other functions, worth highlighting is the educational nature of the application. Drone operators do not need to know aviation, airspace regulations and have the ability to read aeronautical information, which is the domain of professional aviation in order to perform safe flights. In order to use the application, you must have a smartphone or tablet (iOS or Android) with Internet access. Application users have the option of reporting their flight (check-in function), thus becoming visible to selected air traffic services.
The basic version of DroneRadar is free of charge.
The daily number of users is about 1100 and around 60,000 times airspace availability checks in a month. The number of optional “check-in’s” for flights continues to grow and reaches 200 per day.
Further cooperation and development is confirmed by the European Co-ordination and Incident Reporting Systems (ECCAIRS).
As part of the conducted tests, the Polish Air Navigation Service Agency received access to the DroneRadar administrator panel at the aerodrome towers of Gdansk, Cracow, Poznan and Lodz, thus providing air traffic controllers with the ability to visualize the drone flight areas. The same access to the application is available for Flight Information Service at FIS Warsaw and Olsztyn sectors. Currently, work is under way on the implementation of applications throughout Poland.
We encourage drone operators to familiarize themselves with the functionality of the application and to use it during flight planning. We strongly encourage you to report your flights (perform a check-in) that will make your flights visible. This undoubtedly raises the level of safety not only for drone operations but also for the controlled and uncontrolled air traffic.
NOTE: The DroneRadar application does not relieve the need to obtain flight approvals from unit resposible for segregated airspace including CTR zones (application form required). All data in DroneRadar are informational and may serve as additional material for flight planning.